link to more
January 2011 -
W3 Company RNZIR 40th
Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November 2010
registration and attendance detail here
Photos are online
and a happy New Year..!
Wherever you find yourself this
Christmas, in New Zealand or overseas, with family or alone,
remember you belong to a veterans community who shared many
experiences and care enough for each other to have reunited
again in Christchurch last month. It is my prayer that
such fellowship will be yours again during the Christmas period.
Best wishes to all veterans and
their families/whanau as we [hopefully] have the opportunity to
relax and unwind and enjoy fellowship and food aplenty..!
My thanx to all the veterans
who have supported the website with stories and news items during
2010 - webmaster
Having the Colours at
the Reunion Significant..? - Bruce Young [4 December 2010]
Maori Television filmed the Colours at the Dining-in during the
Reunion and later asked why the Colours were significant. "I
have a favour to ask (another…). I was wondering if you’d be
able to give me a quick rundown on why the Parade of the
Regimental Colours at the Reunion was so significant. I
understand this has ceremonial significance but that’s as much
as I know. It would be nice to be able to do a little
piece on this for ANZAC Day as well as your stories."
I wrote my reply from my perspective as Chair Organising
Committee for our 40th Anniversary Reunion where the theme by
most speakers was to reflect on the journey and achievements of
W3 Coy RNZIR...
Why was having the Colours at the Reunion significant..? It was
to show the veterans their journey and to help with their
Every professional infantry soldier, after first doing All Corps
basic training at Waiouru, would be posted to 1st Battalion
Depot Burnham where he did his infantry training and was awarded
a red diamond to wear on his uniform that signified he was a
trained professional infantry soldier [never use infanteer…].
As part of this training every soldier was taught the
regimental history, the feats of 20 Battalion or 28 Maori
battalion etc, and how their feats of courage and sacrifice were
recorded as battle honours on the Regimental Colour. In effect
these veterans were presented as ‘Giants’ of courage and
endeavour that we should want to emulate.
So 1st Bn Depot was the spiritual birthplace of each New Zealand
infantry soldier, a place he had to go to prove himself before
he was accepted for active service. But 1st Bn Depot as the
depot of the 1st Battalion as such did not have Colours, these
being with the 1st Battalion in Malaysia.
There are two Colours, they are made out of silk and gold thread
and reflect a units history of loyalty and service. And it is
the nature and mana of the Colours that they are rarely on
display, always guarded and never touched with a bare hand.
The Queens Colour is only paraded in the presence of the Queen,
an heir, or the Governor-General. It can however be displayed
at Officers Mess dining-in nights, or other mess nights when the
battalion Commander [CO] is present. The Queens Colour has no
battle honours, just the crest of the monarch and the unit
identity and reflects trust by and loyalty to the Sovereign.
The Regimental Colour is the soldiers Colour, it has their
ancestors battle honours displayed along with the unit identity.
The Regimental Colour can be paraded any time the CO so
directs, and it was paraded at least twice in Malaysia in the
period leading up to our deployment to Vietnam but the soldiers
would have to have been part of the Escort to the Colour to see
it. They would never have seen the Queens Colour as there was
no Regal occasion to justify its presence.
[The 1RNZIR Regimental Colour carried in the photo is the one
illustrated above - these Colours were laid up in April 1997 and
the present Colours are very different in appearance.
The old and present
Colours of 1 RNZIR are shown at this link
although the present Regimental Colour shown has the uncorrected
'South Vietnam" dates of 1967 -1970 which was
This photo has the Regimental Colour on parade in Terendak in
late 1969, the ensign is Lt John Fisher of W3 Company, the guard
commander [with sword] is Capt Jim Brown MC W3 Company 2ic, and
most of the soldiers were to deploy to Vietnam with W3 Company.
likely late 1969, Capt Jim
Brown MC guard commander, VIP likely NZ High Commisioner to
Some years after Vietnam the battle honour ‘South Vietnam’ was
added by Royal assent to the the Regimental Colour of 1RNZIR.
We had now become ‘Giants’ for future generations of infantry
In the mid-1970’s [probably 1974] a case was made to create a
new battalion from 1 Bn Depot, once approved it was called
2nd/1st Battalion RNZIR – it could not be called 2 RNZIR as that
battalion already existed as a territorial battalion and a
regular battalion had precedence over a territorial unit so it
became the ‘second 1st Battalion’ RNZIR which is a neat slight
of hand. So the spiritual home of infantry soldiers now had
their own colours and although Vietnam wasn’t one of its battle
honours the Regimental Colour had the honours of all the Giants
we had emulated in Vietnam. Time to go full circle and start
the journey from the beginning. The Reunion provided the
It helped that CGS had apologised to veterans and welcomed us
back into the NZDF family. It helped that the Colonel of the
Regiment and the Honorary Colonel of 2/1 RNZIR were both W3
veterans and friends. But when the CO 2/1 RNZIR announced out
of the blue that the Queens Colour would join the Regimental
Colour at the Dining-in I realised it actually came down to a
real respect from today’s soldiers for Vietnam veterans, much
like we had for WW2 veterans. And the W3 veterans knew, despite
all the talk about what a great job we did, that they had never
before had the honour of dining in the presence of ‘The Colours’
– it said more than respect, it probably said ‘welcome home’ in
a really tangible sense. So there was healing, restoration of
mana, renewed pride and comradeship. And the CO said, when
proposing the toast to ‘The Regiment’, that he saw us as the
‘Giants’ that encouraged him and his soldiers today. Some of
our soldiers had never been paid that compliment. They enjoyed
Finally, journey over.
I was unable to find images of the 2/1 RNZIR colours as were
present at the Reunion to illustrate my reply.
Reunion Points - webmaster [30 November 2010]
One irony of the Friday march-in
was the need for some veterans to pay their registration fees in
cash, which most got from the hotel till after a quick drink.
In short order the hotel cash funds were exhausted at which
point the reunion treasurer returned $2700.00 of hotel money
back to the hotel as a credit against the reunion account and
the hotel were then able to provide further funds for the
photos of the Fallen during
the official events - Tom Cooper, Dave Wright, John Gurnick
In opening the reunion at the
Friday night 'meet and greet' Evan Torrance reviewed
the Company programme he had written in his original AB64 notebook for 19
November 1969. Supper included 80 crayfish and other
seafood courtesy of Ross and Jill Dunlea. The large
collection of photographs displayed at the 'meet and greet'
included many from the Company historical archive and not
previously displayed. The name tags for each veteran and
those of his partner or whanau included a photo of the veteran
taken 40-years ago, and it was difficult to reconcile the skinny
youthful faces displayed with those wearing them. [my
wife kept saying she didn't know who the hot bloke in her photo
was but she'd like to meet him - ed]
16 people took the all-day bus
option to visit Dave Wright's grave. The photos of the
Fallen were present for all formal occasions, being looked after
by volunteers between events.
The dining-in with the 2/1 RNZIR
Colours present was a significant highlight of the reunion. In his after-dinner speech
Honorary Colonel 2/1 RNZIR Baden Ewart took the opportunity to
right an historical oversight and presented CSM Doug Mackintosh
with the bottle of sparkling wine he missed out on at Vung Tau
on our departure 40-years ago [Baden had been the NZ
Component NCO originally responsible for the distribution of the
wine in 1970].
Evan Torrance as 1st speaker
during the Dining-in [Mullen]
The combination of holding the
major events at the same place as the accommodation worked well,
and the committee found the assistance of staff at the Latimer
Lodge invaluable in adding to the unique occasion, in particular
their preparation of the dining room for the formal dining-in added
much to the spectacle of having the Colours present.
There were no after-shocks
during the weekend.
The photo [right] was taken at the
memorial service on Sunday, Bill Compton [Aslt Pnrs] with his
back to the camera, and the mortar section across the square
with Doug Lewis holding the frame. The service booklet for
the memorial service is
The souvenir attendance
certificate presented to all registered attendees including
family members is
- Danny Campbell is the poster boy, the background image was
taken at FSB Jill during the land clearing operation.
The general meeting held on the
Sunday decided to hold a further reunion in 2-3 years time at a
time and place as decided by the Officer Commanding.
Preferences expressed at the meeting were for the reunion to be
held in either Auckland or Picton, with a strong Picton
contingent extolling the advantages of their area. The
record of the meeting from the secretary Jill Dunlea is
The reunion birthday cake was made
by Penny Ure and the plaster W Coy crest was auctioned off after
the cake was cut. At the start of the conference Bruce
Young considered himself the youngest original member of W3 Coy
turning 20 on his first patrol. During the Dining-in it
was discovered Craig Cocker was younger by about 4-months and
Craig assisted the CSM [the oldest member of the original W3
Coy] to cut the cake. Shortly afterwards Frank Ryan
established that in fact he was the youngest original member
having served as a 19-year old for most of the time he was with
3Pl. All three were RF Cadet's in the period 1965 - 67.
The legal age for posting to active service was meant to have
Photos are online
Kevin O'Brien the Australian Coy
FOO is now a mining safety specialist and was called several
times during the reunion by his Australian company concerning
the developing crisis at the Pike River coal mine.
The following have attendance
certificates to uplift -
send an address here:
Nicole and Craig Beardsley [Danny Campbell]
Tony and Phyllis Panirau
Feedback from other participants
[if any] will be published - send them
2/1RNZIR Colours entering
the 2010 Reunion Dining-in [Binning]
Bruce and Neil, thank you both
Blue for all the hard work and providing a great weekend.
Ross and I both really enjoyed it. W3 certainly has some
characters - Jill and Ross Dunlea
thanks for a great reunion. That was a class act!
all your team excelled....kudos's to the lot - Mark and Fran
Points - webmaster [12 November 2010]
from Doug and Chris Mackintosh. "We will be at home in
Spencerville (a 25 minute drive to the outskirts of
Christchurch) on Saturday 20 November 1.30 - 4.30pm. If any of
you including your partner and family want a break from the
bright lights of the city and decide to drop in you will be very
welcome. Our address will be available on the notice board on
Friday night or you can
get it by email from us."
There were more earthquakes
near Taupo yesterday than aftershocks in Christchurch - none of
John and Debbie Mullen have a 12-seater RSA van with spare seats
and are offering rides from Picton to people travelling South on the ferry - call 03 573 7428 to make contact.
Following invitation has been
posted on the Vietnam Vets blog: W3 [about 50 veterans
with kin] will gather in Christchurch next weekend to celebrate
the 40th anniversary of their withdrawal from 1ATF. Most
out-of-town veterans are staying at the Latimer Lodge.
There is a meet and greet session on the Friday night from 1900
hours at the Latimer Conference Centre, local veterans are
invited to the session to catch up with old mates. A small
door charge to cover supper will be requested, the bar is cash.
If interested check the W3 website to see who's attending -
10 November 1970 - Welcome Home W3..! 40-years ago
today we were at some point airborne bound for Singapore,
leaving behind our reinforcements to V5, and a small rear
details under Sgt Hemana. It was long claimed that one
reason we were never welcomed home was we never arrived as a
formed body, unlike 161 Bty who did and who were given a
civic welcome in Auckland
where they were spat on and otherwise abused by a small crowd of
trainee Labour party leaders - figure out which welcome you
timeline feature now ceases, I hope the trip down memory
lane was useful..!
In an email Monday that stunned
the Reunion chairman, RSM 2/1 RNZIR confirmed that the unit
would not only be displaying the unit Regimental Colour at the
dining-in on Saturday night, but also the Queens Colour.
It is a rare honour for old soldiers to be present when both
Colours are displayed and I suspect many of our veterans will
never have seen the Queens Colour.
Maori TV will be present during
the weekend doing ANZAC Day interviews with some veterans [previously
arranged - you can relax otherwise] and filming the
6 and awakey...
Points - webmaster [7 November 2010]
Registration for the Dining-in has closed, there are 106 people
attending the dinner. Veterans are still welcome to turn
up to the Friday night 'meet and greet', and the Sunday service
but will be asked to pay a small charge to meet costs.
The official photographer has been
stood down after he requested a $1500 'attendance fee', we have
not been able to replace him and the fall-back plan is for wives
to be the 'happy snappers' and the shots can be shared via the
If not already done so those
attending with family need to remind them of the dress code for
Saturday night, while all veterans need to get a haircut and
shine your shoes...
Read the website regularly for
updates, and check the
previous newsletters for points. Expect a further
update in a week. 11 and awakey...
As at tonight there have been
Canterbury aftershocks, most of them unnoticed. [a
colleague of mine at work lives next door to the epicentre of
various after-shocks in Rolleston and he and his wife still want
to buy the property...!]
FATAL - 553692 Sgt Hohepa [Lima] Karaka RNZIR Coy HQ -
webmaster [4 November 2010]
Turangi RSA advise that Lima Karaka
Coy HQ, passed away 2nd November 2010 at Turangi. A
Service for Lima was held at the Turangi RSA Cemetery today, 4
November 2010 at 1100hrs. Lima was a widower with no
children. send tributes
here. Messages to: The Karaka Family 49 Ohuanga
Lima served, in one
tour, with V4, and W3.
I wish to send my condolences to
the whanau of Sgt Karaka for their and our loss, may he rest in
Ben Hona 726845
Peace Uncle Limo........ He was a loved son, brother, uncle,
great uncle, soldier and he was a father also to Ra Karaka. Limo was
a great rugby player. He played against the touring British
Lions in 1957. He was nicknamed Limo the leopard after
his favourite TV character. We love you and will never
forget you!! He joins his brother Miki Karaka of the 28th Maori
Battalion KIA. Moe Mai ra Uncle.... lots of love, your
sisters Charlotte and Maud and their families. xox
Defence White Paper -
webmaster [2 November 2010]
Those interested in reading the just released 'Defence White
Paper 2010' on the shape and direction for NZDF in the next
click on the link [need Adobe reader]
Govt working through war
pension report - Media Statement [1 November 2010]
The Government is undertaking detailed costings and analysis of
the Law Commission’s report on the review of the War Pensions
Act 1954, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Judith Collins said 29
October 2010. “I am pleased with progress to date on this
large and complex piece of work,” Ms Collins said. The Law
Commission spent nearly three years producing its detailed final
report, which contained 170 recommendations to the Government.
The report was presented to the Government on 1 June. In
the report the Law Commission stated that it was unable to
provide detailed costing of its proposals. The Law Commission
recommended that the Government “obtain rigorous costings before
making decisions on the implementation of the recommendations in
“The Government has accepted this recommendation and a
considerable amount of work is going into determining the
financial impacts of the recommendations,” Ms Collins said.
“It is important that the Government considers all aspects of
the report carefully to ensure that the law provides suitable
support for elderly veterans as well as modern day veterans.
In addition, proposals for changes to existing entitlements must
be carefully considered to ensure that none of our elderly
veterans are any worse off under any new system.”
A key recommendation of the report is the introduction of new
legislation with two separate schemes – one that applies to all
service prior to 1 April 1974, and one that applies to veterans
with qualifying service after that date.
“That a system for veterans with service after 1974 has been
proposed reflects the complex needs of veterans of multiple
deployments,” Ms Collins said. Costings and analysis of
the recommendations are ongoing.
the Timeline historical series for November 1970 - webmaster [31
W Coy rifle platoons were complete in Nui Dat for the final
time, leaving the mortar section at NDP HELEN as the only W Coy
element still actively engaged on operations. Read the
timeline article for November here
stories and corrections are all welcome - make an effort and
EVSA Children's and Grandchildren's Trust Update-
Ross Miller V3 [18 October 2010]
Board has signed off on another tranche of grants including
three from children/grandchildren resident in Australia. The
range of bursaries awarded was, as ever, eclectic and included
helping an aspiring author with his research; facilitating
attendance at the World Harp Congress; recognising excellence in
Dance; sporting achievement; assistance with tertiary study and
more. The number of applications received meant that,
reluctantly, the Board had to decline those from applicants who
had previously received assistance. The closing date for
applications for the next funding round is Friday, 18 March
2011. For information of the Trust and how to apply go to our
Miller - BOARD CHAIR
Never too old for star-dust
- Evan Torrance [13 October 2010]
Government to issue
new military medals to up to 160,000 people -
webmaster [11 October 210]
medals will be available to anybody who served
in the military, even part time, for a minimum of
three years, Prime Minister John Key, announced at
the RNZRSA annual council meeting in Wellington
today. He said Cabinet had approved $3.85
million to make and distribute the medals.
''The medal is for
those who have served in the military for more than
three years since World War Two, and those who did
compulsory military training or national military
service. This is a fantastic way to give our
servicemen and women the recognition they deserve.''
open next year and the first batch of medals would
be delivered soon after. Families of deceased
ex-servicemen or woman could also apply, Mr Key
has announced a new medal for military service.
Once approved by the Queen, the New Zealand
Defence Service Medal will be awarded to those who
have served in the military for more than three
years since World War II, as well as to those who
have done compulsory military training or national
military service. More than 160,000 people are
estimated to be eligible for the medal. The
initial call for applications will be restricted to
those aged 50 and over, but after six to 12 months
it will be opened up to all others. Cabinet
has approved $3.85 million to make and distribute
New Defence Force medal announced
The New Zealand Defence Service Medal announced
by the Prime Minister today closes a long-standing
gap in medallic recognition of military service,
Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says. “Military
service has unique requirements – a commitment to
serving the Crown, being liable for operational
service, and being subject to military discipline
and the demands and constraints of the military
lifestyle. The new medal recognises
non-operational military service in the Defence
Force by New Zealanders. Those who have served
in the military for more than three years since
World War Two, and those who did compulsory military
training or national military service, will
“The Government places high value on non-operational
service. Those service people were ready and willing
to serve on operations and provided essential
support to those who did,” the Minister said.
“It is estimated that there are more than 160,000
people eligible for the medal. Of those people, a
large number have not been entitled to any medallic
recognition to date. They served their country
loyally and well in a wide range of roles and
contexts, but not on operations, and they do not
therefore qualify for campaign medals. “In
creating the New Zealand Defence Service Medal the
Government has delivered on a National Party
campaign commitment to appropriately recognise a
large group of New Zealanders who have stood ready
to put their lives on the line for their country.”
information go to
The NZDF is NOT currently accepting applications for
the New Zealand Defence Service Medal. It is
anticipated that a call for applications will happen
at the earliest in late February 2011.
Points - webmaster [11 October 2010]
Official registrations close 6 October. If you are coming
to Christchurch you need to indicate your intention to the
committee, make a booking to stay somewhere, and figure out how
you want to pay the registration fee. Use the
registration form to indicate your intention to attend,
book at the Latimer Lodge if stuck for a place to stay, and
pay into the Reunion bank account or during march-in at the
Latimer Lodge from 1800 hours 19 November. Australian
based veterans - please pay on arrival, bank fees here are
registrations cease on 6 November if wishing to
attend the Dining-in but vacancies will become limited by
forward planning necessary prior to the event. Local
veterans are welcome to attend the other activities but a small
cover charge applies.
There will be a further Reunion
newsletter posted by mid-October
For those not able to attend the
reunion there is an opportunity to
offer their apology for the AGM on the Sunday.
the Timeline historical series for October 1970 - webmaster [1
started and finished October 1970 working from their lines in
When they returned to AO JUDY on 8 October, there were only
three weeks of operations left in the 12-month tour. It is
likely however that October is remembered by many veterans
mainly for the accidental wounding of four servicemen, one of
whom succumbed to his wounds. This in turn will confuse in
many memories the proud record of service attained in the
previous eleven months - read the
article for October 1970 at this link.
stories and corrections are all welcome - make an effort and
Point - Internet Banking [27 September 2010]
when paying the reunion
registration fee by internet banking please remember to add your
surname and regimental number [or another clue] in the code
fields so the treasurer isn't left clutching at straws...
Overseas remittances to the
Reunion account might require information concerning the
Bank: WESTPAC, HORNBY MALL BRANCH, PO Box 16199
HORNBY CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND
Account Name: W3 COMPANY REUNION
Account Number: 030728 - 0413959 - 00
Reunion Points - webmaster
[8 September 2010]
Apology: Kia ora Bruce,
As much as we would love to attend the reunion we are unable to
due to family commitments. All the best to the organising
committee and I am sure we will be missing out on an awesome
Regards, Jules and Pauline Toheriri
Reunion Newsletter 2:
expect the 2nd newsletter by the weekend [once the
building stops shaking...] which will update details and publish
the bank account to which those registered can make payment.
The committee will attempt to visit venues this Friday [was
meant to be Monday] but we understand there is little or minimal
damage to facilities. We hear that a bunch of veterans are
waiting until the last minute to register..? If so this is
making costing decisions difficult so we would prefer to hear
from you before the weekend please.....
see this link
any local veterans or their family want to offer comments on the
John Fisher, Bob Upton, Deni King, and George Preston to name a
few of the veterans involved in recent times in the development
of Civil Defence procedures, training and control in the
Canterbury and Christchurch local bodies.
the Timeline historical series for September 1970 - webmaster [1
were protecting the land clearing team north of SHW15, before
late in the month having a final break at VUNG TAU and then remaining in NUI DAT as the 1ATF Ready
Reaction Force. The company had several contacts, 3Pl earning Sgt
Joe Yandall a MID for their four contacts between 10 and 20
September - read the
article for September 1970 at this link.
stories and corrections are all welcome - make an effort and
Ben Te Namu located -
webmaster [25 August 2010]
Ben Te Namu 2Pl moved to Auckland about 4-years ago from Lower
Hutt, presently works for Kiwirail. Contact by cell phone
021 268 6130.
Fatal - 623038 Lcpl Lionel Hudson Harris RNZIR Coy HQ
- webmaster [14
August 2010] UPDATED
John Millar advises that Huddy Harris passed away at his
home in Ashburton on 5 August 2010. Lionel, a widower, is
survived by two daughters, Annette and Deidre. Huddy's funeral service is at
the Chapel of Patterson's Funeral Services, Cnr of East and Cox
Streets, Ashburton, on Tuesday 17 August 2010, at 1400 hrs.
Messages to the Harris Family, PO Box 472 Ashburton 7700 - send tributes
Update on NZ Defence Force
Medal - webmaster [10 August 2010]
http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/medal-survey/faqs.html - 4 August
The Government is considering the Medallic Recognition Joint
Working Group's report on the proposed NZDF Medal.
The NZDF is NOT currently accepting applications for the planned
New Zealand Defence Force Medal. It is anticipated that a
call for applications will happen before the end of this year.
It will take approximately 20 to 22 weeks from when a decision
is made by the Government, before any medals are available to be
issued. There will need to be a tender process for the
manufacturer(s), and then the medal and ribbon will still need
to be manufactured. The NZDF Medals Office expects a large
number of people to apply for the medal and, even with extra
staff to process the applications, this could potentially be a
two to three year project.
the Timeline historical series for August 1970 - webmaster [27
rejoined 2RAR/NZ in the
field on recce and ambush ops from 2 August until 10 August, had a break at VUNG TAU
from 11 - 13 August and then remained in NUI DAT as the 1ATF Ready
Reaction Force. From 23 August the
Company returned to the field for a further 4-weeks [until 25 September]. The Company had
no contacts with VC during August - read the
article for August 1970 at this link.
stories and corrections are all welcome - make an effort and
Flags and Photos of our Fallen
- John (Woody) Barrett, EVSA National President [23 July 2010]
EVSA hold the flags and photos of our fallen in storage in
Auckland. The are available, on loan, for Sub Unit reunions. Ken
Ford, our QM, controls the loan process, he can sometimes be
contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org (depending whether his
computer is working or not), or you can phone him on 09 266 9972
or 021 233 8547. The flags and photos, of our fallen, are
Taonga of our association and it is important that they be
present when their comrades gather. We would prefer that
these were picked and returned by hand but it is possible to
make other arrangements with Ken. I will be putting
information about the ability to borrow them in the next
Type 2 Diabetes - Rick
Ottaway General Manager/Secretary for War Pensions [23 July
I have noted on the EVSA
noticeboard that there has been a discussion on diabetes.
The discussion started by someone picking up a post from some
other website that related to Navy veterans. I thought it
would be useful if I made the conditions around Type 2 diabetes
for Vietnam Veterans quite clear. It may be useful if
someone was to put the following message out to Vietnam Vets to
clear up any confusion.
"Type 2 diabetes is one of the conditions included on the
Presumptive List for Vietnam veterans. All veterans who
have qualifying service for Vietnam are covered by this list.
As such the only evidence required to substantiate a claim for
this condition or any other condition on the presumptive list
1. The veteran has eligible service in Vietnam
2. The veteran has medical evidence that confirms that they have
the condition. (In this case Type 2 diabetes)"
If there are any Vietnam veterans who have had Type 2 diabetes
declined I would be happy to investigate their case.
King - [23 July 2010]
I will not be able to attend the reunion as we will be in
Europe, mainly in Italy, doing plenty of walking and some
cycling. I don’t mind the walking but am a bit nervous about
cycling on the roads with those Italian drivers !
The last time
I was in Europe was when you, Peter Anderson and I, along with
some others, travelled on a cheap British Army chartered flight
to Stansted airport in the UK [immediately after our return
to Singapore]. I well remember travelling around Europe
in my lightweight Singapore clothes and having to make an urgent
purchase of a heavy English duffel coat in order that I could
survive the European winter.
I hope the reunion goes well and please pass on
my apologies and best wishes to everyone.
Reunion Points - [22 July 2010]
sent a fax registration from 'Sutherland Family Trust' fax
please resend with the writing the proper side up..? If
any doubts watch the registration page to see if your
registration is recorded. [2nd attempt
23rd was also blank]
Mid-August the committee intends
to publish the Reunion bank account details, those registered
are then able to pay their registration fee by internet banking.
Your mates coming..? Have a
look at the list of registrations, if you can't make it than
email your apology for the AGM. Where you know other
veterans or the family of now-deceased veterans why not contact
them to encourage them to also attend..? This is likely to
be the last official W3 reunion.
FROM:-bkowhai2gmail.com - [21 July 2010]
book me in for the reunion coming
on my daihatsu Ben Hona
it is your 40th reunion and my
first as I was working in Aussie for 17 years kia ora bro.
the Timeline historical series for July 1970 - webmaster [1
40-years ago W Coy were patrolling from FSPB LE LOI
almost continuously throughout July, initially when working with 8RAR
and then when returning to garrison LE LOI after 8RAR abandoned the FSPB
mid-month. - read the timeline
article for July 1970 at this link.
stories and corrections are all welcome - make an effort and
Reunion Update - Bruce
Young [1 July 2010]
The W3 website has had its highest readership ever, with over
1150 unique visitors and more than 40,400 hits. The most
read page on the website in June with more than 250 visitors has been the
Reunion article, so people are
keeping an eye on the planning and on who has registered [or
Unfortunately the interest in the Reunion page has not
translated into interest in registering for the Reunion, with
only 19 veterans so far registered for a total of 36 total
registrations to date.
While registrations don’t close for some weeks by now those
attending should be putting in place plans and reservations to
ensure they don’t miss what is probably ‘the last W3 reunion
ever’. If you have an issue you think the committee should
please tell us here.
The event cost has been capped at
a maximum of $125.00 per person and further efforts are being
made to reduce this again.
- webmaster [17 June 2010]
W3 Coy Bursaries by EVSA
Children's and Grandchildren's Trust -
Since Apr 2009 there have been three W3 Coy Bursaries awarded as
- to a 14 year old student attempting two university papers in
Maori language. Understand that person is now a full time
- to a 32 year old doing a Diploma in Contemporary Christian
- to a 30 year old completing her Masters Degree.
Two out of the three families of W3 soldiers KIA have given
permission for the Board to designate bursaries in their honour.
However for privacy reasons I am not in a position to confirm
their names. Over the same period there have
been five such bursaries awarded. To date the Board has
awarded a total of 336 bursaries ranging from $159 to $2,500.
SAS Reunion - Doug Mackintosh
Last week ex Lcpl Mackintosh was fortunate enough to attend the
reunion of the original NZSAS Sqn which marched into Waiouru
Camp 7 June 1955. Of the 135 or so who went to Malaya in
November 1955 about 62 are still about and 36 of these with
their partners gathered in the Palmerston North RSA to celebrate
the unit's 55th birthday. By all reports it was a very
enjoyable occasion. For Lcpl M the most memorable event
was the dinner when Cpl Willy Apiata VC decided to leave the top
table and take his meal with Lcpl M's table of two other SAS
veterans and their partners. At the end of the Dinner
after Cpl Apiata had left there was complete agreement that he
was without doubt a true gentleman. The next SAS Originals
reunion will be in Tauranga in 2013, perhaps W3 is a bit
premature in suggesting November this year could be our final
one? [depends on attendance - reunion chair]
RSA welcomes Law Commission’s
Report for Veterans - webmaster [2 June 2010]
"The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association is
very pleased that the Law Commission's report on the re-write of
the War Pensions Act 1954 has been tabled in Parliament."
read more on the RSA website - the report is 237 pages and
Government have 120-days to respond to the recommendations.
Report is available in full
from the Law Commission website
the Timeline historical series for June 1970 - webmaster [1
40-years ago today W3
Coy still had 9-days to go on Op CAPRICORN, then we returned to NUI DAT
and started a series of platoon and section strength patrols
from the NUI DAT lines to the West of NUI DAT.
Coy HQ and one platoon remained within NUI DAT during the
remainder of the month - read the timeline
article for June 1970 at this link.
stories and corrections are all welcome - make an effort and
link to more
news from before June 2010 -